How Pastor Nikola Dimitrov Shares the Four Gospels in a Unique Way
Nikola Dimitrov is a pastor, writer, and translator who grew up on the other side of what was once referred to as the Iron Curtain. I’ve not met him but was intrigued when I learned about his passion for the Gospel and desire to make the life of Jesus Christ even more real to those who seek Him, by piecing together the accounts of all four Gospels into a chronological book. Let’s learn together as he shares more about his work on The Four in One Gospels of Jesus, his conversion, his life, and his ministry.
Nikola, welcome to my blog. Would you please tell us something about your miraculous conversion to faith in Jesus Christ?
Hey, Dear Kathy,
Thank You for this opportunity.
I was born in the nation of Bulgaria, while it was still under Communism, much like North Korea now. Communism fell here in 1989, when I was 15. Three years later, in 1992, I was saved after a supernatural intervention on the part of the Lord, in my heart, convicting me of my sins and drawing me with His love, to the point that I couldn’t resist His loving touch. I fell in love with Him even before I understood with my mind what had happened. I was part of the first wave of believers after the Democracy came, and I never looked back. In 1994 I started my full-time ministry as a pastor, Bible teacher and preacher, and today, 23 years later, I feel more blessed than ever.
How has God led you to write the Four in One Gospel of Jesus?
Ever since I believed and read for the first time Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, I couldn’t but notice some stories were repeated in more than one Gospel, but each one would use additional details not present in the former one. So, the idea came to me to combine the Gospels chronologically and contextually, so that the fullness of each story is accomplished, without the repetitions and without adding or taking away anything from the Bible text itself. So, the book is basically the text of the four Gospels itself, and not an author’s paraphrase.
Are there any scripture verses that have particularly inspired you in your writing?
Instead of just one verse, let me give you a quick example of one contextual blending, so the idea of the book can be realized:
Matthew says that Jesus touched the hand of Peter’s mother-in-law, and the fever left her (8:15). In Mark it is written that Jesus took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her (1:31). Luke says that Jesus stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her (4:39). The fact that the fever left Peter’s mother-in-law is the same, while each Gospel writer adds a new element to the “process” of her healing and thus, to the whole picture.
In The Four in One Gospel of Jesus this passage would look like this:
“Jesus came, stood over her, rebuked the fever, took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her”.
So, we get the complete picture by adding and mixing all the words and details that are unique in each of the four Gospels. When the chronology is applied to the whole story of the life of Jesus, The Four in One Gospel of Jesus emerges.
I see. This way you are not adding to the Gospel, but blending them together for better context. That’s exciting!
Please tell us more about The Four in One Gospel of Jesus. How does it differ from A Harmony of the Gospels?
All the other harmonies of the Gospels are either in a chart format, or just the texts from each Gospel are lined up one right next to each other. The Four in One Gospel is a BLENDING of the four Gospels into ONE GOSPEL. It’s in a novel format, which means everyone can read it like a book, but also, it is fully referenced, so at each given moment, one can see exactly which scriptures are used in each blending. Plus, it’s chronological, so the life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is put into perspective, from the beginning till He ascended to Heaven.
So, all in all, The Four in One Gospel of Jesus is a unique material, like no other on the market right now. In producing it, I have used most of the chart harmonies, like Matthew Henry’s Harmony of the Gospels, the Orthodox Bible Harmony Chart, Aaron’s Bible Encyclopedia Chart and many others, to ensure accuracy in the chronological setting, as well as suggestions for the contextual blending, because some stories appear to be the same, but they are not and belong to two different chronological settings and are NOT to be blended into one.
Would you like to share anything else about your life and ministry with us?
The Lord has been good to me. I have the greatest wife and the most amazing kids. I have real friends, the ones You would call in the middle of the night and they will jump out of bed to come and help. I have the single best representation of God the Father in my natural father, and the greatest giver in the face of my mum. My family is involved in the ministry and we have started several churches and Christian Bible study groups and all that within the time frame of 23 years or so. I am praising the Lord daily, I love Him with my whole heart and I am in agreement with Apostle Paul when he said in Philippians 3:13 that I do NOT consider myself to have succeeded already, but ONE THING I DO – I always strive to forget the past, so I can embrace the future. That one verse has made it possible for me to be hungrier for the Lord today than I was yesterday, and yesterday than I was the day before that, and that same verse guarantees that I will be even hungrier tomorrow than I am today.
Thank you so much, for being my guest this week on Let’s Chat, Nikola. I’m sure your testimony and the book you have put together from scripture about Jesus will bless many.
More about Nikola:
In 1992 Nikola Dimitrov experienced a miraculous conversion, receiving Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Since 1995 he has been a full-time minister of the Gospel, serving as pastor, Bible teacher, preacher, and Christian educator. He started his first church in 1994, which is still standing today, and in 1998 he began his traveling ministry. Nikola is currently pastoring several church groups in Bourgas, Bulgaria and is frequently sought out as a speaker around the country. He also serves as a Bible teacher at the Apostolic Kingdom Institute in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
As editor-in-chief of Vetil Media Ministry, Nikola has translated and published more than thirty books into Bulgarian, as well as writing some himself. He is passionate for a glorious Church, without spot, wrinkle or any such thing. Nikola’s dynamic preaching pointedly encourages believers to be everything the Lord created them to be. He then encourages his congregations to take responsibility in word and deed toward that end.
As a translator, Nikola has also produced and distributed around the nation nearly 1000 Bulgarian versions of audio and video teachings by famous foreign preachers and teachers.
As part of a charity in Bulgaria, along with other volunteers, Nikola takes care of needy people from the minorities, distributing clothes, food, medicine, and school materials to children.
Nikola is married to Helen, and they have two lovely young-adult daughters, Annie (which means grace) and Mikaela (which means who is like God?). Both are part of Nikola and Helen’s ministry, serving in the area of music.
Find more about Nikola on the web:
At the publisher’s website